Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro valley, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, Bumthang.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure.
Highlight: Visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Phobjikha Valley.
After you arrive in the Kingdom of Bhutan, you will be received at the Paro International Airport by the representative of Yelha Bhutan Tours and travel, guide and driver who will be your guide throughout the tour.
Things to do
Things to do
Things to do
Things to do
Things to do
Drive to Bumthang. On the way, visit the “Yathra” Weaving Centre at Zugney. Yathra is the name for the colorful, handwoven woolen cloth (often with geometric designs) that is produced in this region and wool used for this type of textile is sheep wool as the sheep is reared in the Bumthang district. Yathra is made into jackets or bags, etc.
Then drive onto Bumthang. On arrival at Bumthang Check into your hotel and after lunch visit visitJakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of monks. Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle). It is the site of the palace of the Indian King SendhaGyab also known as Sindhu Raja.
Visit the Thangbi Temple Tangbi temple is locatedon a plateau above the Chamkhar River north of Kurje Temple. The 4th Shamar Rinpoche, one of the two highest ranking lamas of the Karma Kagyu religious school came to Bumthang from Tibet in the 15th century in order to establish a monastery. In 1470 he founded Tangbi, located in the middle of a wide, fertile plateau overlooking the river. Overnight at a hotel n Bumthang.
After breakfast, start your day excursion to beautiful lush but remote Tang valley. Visit the century old Ugyencholing Heritage Museum, which once belongs to the Royal Family of Tang valley. Lunch will be served at a farmhouse. After lunch drive back to Bumthang, on the way visit MebarTsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rimpoche‟s treasures were discovered in the 15th century by the famous treasure discoverer- PemaLingpa. It is a serene place to meditate. In the evening stroll around Bumthang town and dinner at local restaurant in the town. Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.
Today, we will visit Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms. Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.
In the evening visit one of the farmhouses in Bumthang valley to get an insight into the village life in Bumthang Valley. You may enjoy typical Bhutanese dinner at the farmhouse. A small hike via Tamshing temple and overnight at Resort. Peling Resort.
After breakfast, drive to Wangdue/ Punakha via
Phobjikha valley. Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley you arrive at Gantey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park ( formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan‟s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes.
The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world. After lunch at Gangtey and explore Phobjikha valley and also visit the Black Necked Crane Center. Dinner and overnight at Wangchuk Lodge.
Gangtey or Phobjikha at an average altitude of 3,000 m is a wide and beautiful valley, designated as conservation zone within the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park). Gangtey also known as Phobjikha valley is a natural habitat for wildlife, including nesting grounds for endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Central Asia in the winter (late October and stay till March).
The lodges here provide hot water in the bucket and rooms are heated with wood stoves. Gangtey is the name for hilltop village and its monastery. The valley is known as Phobjikha and falls under WangdueDzongkhag. There are many hiking trails in Phobjikha valley you can decide with the guide about the programs and also. Vist any farm house and take a relaxing stone bath. (Medicinal stone bath is around Rs, 700 per persons and it is said to heal muscle aches, cramps, skin diseases and relax the ailing body.) Overnight at a hotel/resort in Phobjikha.
Today after breakfast we will drive to punakha valley with sightseeing en-route. We will stop at certain places for tea/refreshments and drive slowly towards punakha valley. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. PunakhaDzong, which dominates the whole area, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. PunakhaDzong is one of the most impressive Dzong in the Kingdom.
After luch we will start the hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi TsheringYangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this everchanging world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.
After breakfast at Punakha we will have a leisure drive towards Paro valley. We will stop on way at Thimphu. After reaching Paro we will visit the following, if time permits:
Overnight at Hotel in Paro
After breakfast, drive for about 20 minutes to the base camp of Taktsang Monastery and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as „Tiger‟s Nest‟. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria.Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.
The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. In the evening relax after the tiring day in the traditional Bhutanese hotstone bath. Dinner at the farmhouse in Paro valley. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
In the morning, your tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travels (local Bhutan travel agent) will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations.
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